Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Postcard from Germany.

An unusual card sent by a loving daughter Peko with image of her  mother Elisabeth when she was a teenager and who is celebrating her 90th birthday on 25th June this year.Her wish is to surprise her mother with postcards from all over the world by sending a card to her mom's address.I have just posted a beautiful postcard and hope it will reach on or before her Birth Day.
2016 Stamp- Tourism - Germany's Most Beautiful Panoramas.

Postcard from Russia.

Beautiful ,scenic card received from Mary.
2008 Definitive Issues

Postcard from Indonesia.

Thank you Defri for the beautiful Star Wars-Rouge One-cinema promotional card.
2015 Stamp- Indonesian Provinces - Kalimantan

Postcard from Germany.

Thank you Phina for this pretty card on bird-Eurasian Blue Tit. 
2017 Stamp -Greetings Stamp - Comics

Postcard from Germany

                  A UNESCO (WHS) card-Upper Middle Rhine valley-sent by Heiner
                  2016 Stamp- Sports - Balls

Postcard from Taiwan.

Tiny postcard from a college student which is his first one to be sent after joining Postcrossing.Wish you CJ more postcards in your mailbox and happy Postcrossing.
2017 Stamp- Alpine Lakes of Taiwan

Nemrut Dağ,Turkey.

Crowning one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Taurus mountain range in south-east Turkey, Nemrut Dağ is the Hierotheseion (temple-tomb and house of the gods) built by the late Hellenistic King Antiochos I of Commagene (69-34 B.C.) as a monument to himself.The mausoleum of Antiochus I, who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander's empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period.The  amalgamation  of different religions, cultures and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom's culture
This magnificent heritage site card is sent by good friend Tayfun. Thank you very much.
2016 Stamp- UNESCO Creative Cities Network - Gastronomy(set of 4 )
Date of Inscription: 1987
Ref: 448

Historic Areas of Istanbul,Turkey.

      Sultanahmet Mosque
1 Hagia Sophia Mosque
The prophet of God in Muslim religion, Muhammad, had prophesied that the first Muslim to pray in Hagia Sophia would go to paradise. Since then, it was a great ambition for Muslim leaders to get Hagia Sophia.
2 Sultan Ahmed Mosque(Blue Mosque)
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque  is a historic mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A popular tourist site, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque continues to function as a mosque today; men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red carpet after the call to prayer. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I.Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
3 Ortaköy Mosque
It was commissioned by the son-in-law of Vizier Ibrahim Pasha. Built in 1721, it was ruined during the Patrona Halil Uprising. The current mosque, which was erected in its place, was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856, on the ruins of the Cantemir Palace. Its architects were Armenian father and son Garabet Amira Balyan and Nigoğayos Balyan, who designed it in the Neo-Baroque style.
4 Maiden's Tower
The Maiden's Tower also known as Leander's Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 meters from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul, Turkey.
This beautiful site card was sent by my young friend Tayfun.
2016 Stamp- Victory Day.
Date of Inscription: 1985
Ref: 356

Friday, 26 May 2017

Town of Bamberg,Germany.

Bamberg is located in southern Germany in the north of Bavaria. It is a good example of a central European town with a basically early medieval plan and many surviving ecclesiastical and secular buildings of the medieval period.In the late 18th century it was the centre of the Enlightenment in     southern Germany, with eminent philosophers and writers such as Hegel and Hoffmann living there.

Heart felt thanks to Edith for the antique heritage site card,M/S of stamps for my Thematic collection(Bibliately) and fascinating Year of light stamp.

1977 Stamp-, Europa, landscapes-
Date of Issue: 17/05/1977
With Romantic Bamberg 1000 years of art and culture cancellation.
Date of Inscription:of heritage site 1993
Ref: 624

1978- M/S of Stamps- Nobel Prize Winners of Literature
Data of  Issue-16/2/1978

Gerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946), Nobel Prize 1912
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), Nobel Prize 1946
Thomas Mann (1875-1955), Nobel Prize 1929

2015 International Year of Light-Issue Date: 02.03.2015

Sunlight is an essential life requirement for humans, animals and plants. Light in general is also a key issue in science and culture. The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light: 1000 years ago, it was first proved that light sources emit radiation, exactly 200 years ago, the natural wave of light was discovered and the quantum theory of light 110 years ago. Experimenting with light has awoken curiosity for science. The special stamp "play of light"  allows the viewer to perform three experiments with respect to the mentioned anniversaries. Thanks to the fluorescent colour of the background the stamp glows in the dark. It is a light source, if it has been irradiated by the sun. The wave theory can be observed by holding the stamp in front of a light source. The micro-perforations in the paper are clearly visible in the light waves that are diffracted by the small openings. For the experiment, the quantum theory of pink curve was printed in the background of the globe with a special colour. Upon irradiation with UV light, the colour changes from pink to violet.

Archaeological Site of Volubilis,Morocco.

Volubilis, the Mauritanian capital which was founded in the 3rd century B.C essentially contain Roman vestiges of a fortified city built on a commanding site at the foot of the Jebel Zerhoun mountain. Covering an area of 42 hectares,it demonstrates interface between the Roman and indigenous cultures. It is one of the richest sites of this period in North Africa, not only for its ruins but also for the great wealth of its epigraphic evidence.
Thank you Mustapha for the splendid site card first ever from your country for my collection and beautiful round stamp..
2016 Stamp- Solidarity Week .Date of Issue:15/02/2016 Denomination:9.00 (Dh)
Date of Inscription: 1997
Minor modification inscribed year: 2008
Ref: 836 bis

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Postcard from Germany.

Thank you Klaus for noting my wish for different varieties of Postcards and sending a much needed Penguin Book cover card.
2017 EUROPA Stamps - Palaces and Castles.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Val d'Orcia,Italy.

The landscape of Val d’Orcia is part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated in the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries. It reflects an idealised model of good governance and  an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape with flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. These images exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes. It covers an agrarian and pastoral landscape consisting of innovative land-management systems, towns and villages, farmhouses, abbeys, inns, shrines, bridges, etc.
So glad to receive another scenic site card from Gian
Stamp-2014 National Nuclear Physics Laboratories (2 from set of 4 stamps)
Date of Inscription of the site: 2004
Ref: 1026                                                  

Postcard from Netherlands.

                            This classy card with perfect cancellation was sent by Maud.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Postcard from China.

Zanda county in the Ngari Prefecture is located to the extreme southwest of Tibet Autonomous Region,China. Zanda means a downstream place of grassland.This costume card on Tibetan women of Zanda is sent by Wuyifei with beautiful stamps,Thank you Wuyifei.
2017 Stamp- Chinese Classical Literature - Journey to the West series.

Postcard from Slovakia.

Bratislava  is the capital of Slovakia, and is country's largest city. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.
Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising, commonly known as SNP Bridge and is a road bridge over the Danube in Bratislava. It is world's longest cable-stayed bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane.
Thank you Majka for this interesting card and nice stamps.
2014 Stamp- Nature Protection - Sitno National Nature Reserve

Historic Centre of the Town of Goiás,Brazil.

The Town of Goiás is built between two series of hills, along a small river, the Rio Vermelho.Goiás (also known as Old Goiás) was the  first capital of the State of Goiás in Brazil. Although modest, both public and private architecture form a harmonious whole, due to the coherent use of local materials and techniques..On the postcard we can see The Church of Santa Barbara was built in 1780.This card was sent by Paulo in Brazil.
2002 Stamp- Musical Instruments
2005 Stamp-Professions
2006 Stamp-Professions
Date of Inscription: 2001
Ref: 993

Painted Churches in the Troodos Region,Cyprus.

The Troodos mountain region of Cyprus contains one of the largest groups of churches and monasteries of the former Byzantine Empire. The ten monuments included on the World Heritage List, all richly decorated with murals, provide an overview of Byzantine and post-Byzantine painting in Cyprus and bear testimony to the variety of artistic influences affecting Cyprus over a period of 500 years. The structures display elements that were specific to Cyprus and were determined by its geography, history and climate,This Fresco can be found at St Nicholas of the root Church in Troodos.
Once again, thank you Merja for this wonderful card with nice stamps.
2014 Stamp-  People of Letters and Arts series.
2016 Personalities- People of Letters and Arts-George Paraskevaides was a Cypriot philanthropist and businessman
Date of Inscription: 1985
Extension: 2001
Ref: 351bis


This heritage site is  situated in the District of Paphos in western Cyprus.It  is a serial archaeological property consisting of three components at two sites: the town of Kato Paphos (Site I), and the village of Kouklia (Site II). Kato Paphos includes the remains of ancient Nea Paphos (Aphrodite’s Sacred City) and of the Kato Paphos necropolis known as Tafoi ton Vasileon (“Tombs of the Kings”), further to the north. The village of Kouklia includes the remains of the Temple of Aphrodite (Aphrodite’s Sanctuary) and Palaepaphos (Old Paphos). Because of their great antiquity, and because they are closely and directly related to the cult and legend of Aphrodite (Venus), who under the influence of Homeric poetry became the ideal of beauty and love, inspiring writers, poets, and artists throughout human history, these two sites can indeed be considered to be of outstanding universal value.
Thank you Merja for the 2 beautiful cards representing this site and nice stamps.
Stamp 2013-
Stamp 2015-People of Letters and Arts -Persefoni Papadopoulou was not only a prominent teacher but intellectual and a leading feminist of her era,
Date of Inscription: 1980
Ref: 79

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Wooden Churches of Southern Małopolska. Poland.

Built in 14th/15th century, Church of the Assumption of Holy Mary and St. Michael the Archangel, Haczów, Poland is the oldest wooden gothic church in Europe and  outstanding examples of the different aspects of medieval church-building traditions in Roman Catholic culture. It is built using the horizontal log technique, common in eastern and northern Europe since the Middle Ages.
Thank you Edyta for the beautiful card.
2016 Stamp-2016 Flowers and Fruits-
Date of Inscription: 2003
Ref: 1053

The Gates of Imam AL Khdumain Shrine Baghdad,Iraq.

The city of Al-Kadhimiya was considered an important center for knowledge and religious  awareness for a long  time, and many of Shia Islam and Sunni Islam’s prominent scholars were from this city.
During the Buyid dynasty, who are considered to be Shia Muslims, they ordered the establishment of Al-Kadhimiya mosque and shrine, over the tombs of Imam Al-Kadhim and Imam Al-Jawad.
In the present time, the city of Al-Kadhimiya is considered one of the holiest places for Shia Muslims.. The shrine of these two Imams is considered the biggest shrine of Shia Imams in Iraq, and  Shia Muslims from all over the world travel to this place to pray to God and ask these two Imams to intercede on their behalf to solve their problems and fulfill their wishes. Therefore, one of the titles of these two Imams according to Shia traditions is: Gate of wishes or requisites.
My first ever card from Iraq sent by Max.A that travelled for more than 4 months to reach me..Thank you Max.A for the excellent card.
2015- Destructing of Iraqi Antiquities.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct),France.

This was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 metre high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 metre – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.
Thank you my friend Sylvan for the magnificent card and nice stamp.
2017 Stamp- The 55th Anniversary of the End of the Algerian War.
Date of Inscription: 1985
Minor modification inscribed year: 2007
Ref: 344bis

Historic Centre of São Luís,Brazil.

They date from the 1615 plan laid out by Portugal’s chief engineer in Brazil, following conquest of the fort that had been established on the site by the French in 1612. Harmoniously expanded through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the historic centre is an outstanding example of a Portuguese colonial town adapted to the climatic conditions of Equatorial America, with traditional Portuguese architecture adapted to incorporate raised piers and shuttered, wooden verandas.
This beautiful card was received with thanks from Paulo.
2005 Stamp-Professions -Dressmaker.
2006 Stamp-Professions-Manicure.
Date of Inscription: 1997
Ref: 821

Dar es Salaam.Tanzania.

Dar es Salaam literally means"the abode of peace". Formerly known as Mzizima it is the largest city of Tanzania and the largest city in eastern Africa by population, as well as a regionally important economic centre. It is Tanzania's most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film and television. It is Tanzania's leading financial centre with the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) being the country's first and most important stock exchange market. Dar es Salaam is the largest and most populous Swahili-speaking city in the world.
Thank you Abbas for this card .
2011 Stamp- Tourist Attractions - Self Adhesive Stamps-Giraffes Cross Road in Serengeti Nanl Park.